Entries by Donna Klingenberg

Common VC Misconceptions Many Founders Face

By Ellie Pigott Venture Capital (VC) can be a game-changer for startups, providing essential capital and strategic guidance to fuel growth. However, amidst the promises and potential benefits, founders often grapple with misconceptions that can shape their perception of engaging with VC firms. In this blog, we’ll delve into three common misconceptions that frequently surface […]


Traction Capital Acquires Minnesota Manufacturing Company Nu-Star (PowerPusher®)   Traction Capital is proud to announce its acquisition of Nu-Star, a well-established manufacturing company with a rich history dating back to 1959. Nu-Star specializes in material handling, with proprietary Tuggers and Pushers called PowerPushers® that are battery powered and designed to move almost any rolling load […]

FAQs of First Time Private Equity Investors

By Cooper Eral Private Equity (PE) is a complex and intriguing realm of investment that often raises many questions for those considering it. As you contemplate the prospect of investing in private equity, you’re likely to encounter a myriad of questions that delve into the intricacies of how PE firms operate, generate returns, and conduct […]

AI Insights Issue #2

By Chris Carey Welcome to the second edition of Traction Capital’s AI Insights! We are thrilled to continue our exploration of the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the world of entrepreneurship. “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”  In this edition, we present several compelling articles that […]

Kwikly Named to the Inc. 5000 List

Every year Inc. releases a list of the Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. We are pleased to congratulate Traction Capital portfolio company, Kwikly, for making the list for the second year in a row! This year Kwikly was ranked #169, up from #491 last year. Kwikly was the first investment in our fund back in 2021 […]

Demonstrating Traction: Taking Your Pitch Deck to the Next Level

By Cooper Eral For startups seeking funding, demonstrating traction is an essential factor that investors look for. Traction proves that your business idea is gaining momentum, attracting customers, and holding growth potential. Whether you are a pre-revenue or post-revenue startup, effectively conveying your traction can significantly increase your chances of securing funding. This blog post […]

Long Term Effects of SVB Crash in Venture Capital

By Ellie Pigott In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of venture capital (VC), any calculated risks can disrupt the carefully cultivated ecosystem. One such risk caused a catastrophic event that has sent shockwaves through the VC community, the crash of SVB (Silicon Valley Bank), a prominent financial institution that has been instrumental in financing countless […]

Exploring the Power of AI for Entrepreneurs

By Chris Carey Welcome to Traction Capital’s AI Insights! At Traction Capital, we are committed to supporting startups by providing them with valuable resources and industry trends that can drive their success. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of the business landscape, revolutionizing various sectors and opening up countless opportunities for innovation and […]

Prime Party

E-commerce party supply company, Prime Party, has received a $500,000 investment from Traction Capital. The Washington-based company is making themed parties easier than ever before. Traction Capital looks forward to working closely with Prime Party as they roll out new brands and scale their business. Prime Party is a direct to consumer, TV show themed […]

The Importance of Product-Market Fit

By Ellie Pigott Startups face many challenges in their journey to success, but perhaps the most critical is finding product-market fit. This is the stage where a startup has developed a product or service that meets the needs of a specific group of people, otherwise known as their target market. When achieved, the startup has […]